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The Director of JRS/USA has called on President Trump to respect the “deep values” of the United States of America and to “seize the opportunity to advance human dignity” by revitalising a response to the refugee crisis.Fr Leo J. O'Donovan SJ addressed President Trump, sworn in today in Washington as the 45th President of the United States, in an Open Letter in America. In it, he acknowledges that, in the days ahead, he would have to come to grips with many...
Fr General listens to testimonies by refugees at the Gesù in Rome: JRS Italia
Father General has called on us all to redouble our efforts to welcome those who suffer because of the need to migrate and to work together to build ‘a community of life’.Speaking in Rome before the World Day of Refugees and Migrants (Sunday), Fr Arturo Sosa SJ was addressing refugees, volunteers and staff from the Centro Astalli, the headquarters of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy. He urged all who support refugees and migrants to put pressure on governments, especially in...
Fr General Arturo Sosa at the closing Mass of GC36
Father General will be meeting and praying with refugees and those who work with them this afternoon, as they mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (this Sunday, 15 January). The group from the Centro Astalli – home of the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service – have been invited to the Church of the Gesù, Piazza del Gesù in Rome at 3.30pm (2.30pm GMT), where they will be greeted by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ.The gathering at the Gesù – the mother church of the Society of...
Pope Francis with refugees on Lesbos, Greece. Credit: Caritas
Pope Francis has highlighted the plight of children on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is being marked this Sunday (15 January). In addition to stressing their vulnerability and needs, the Pope is calling on governments, organisations and individuals “to work towards protection, integration and long-term solutions” to the conditions that child migrants face.In his message for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Francis points out that...
A mother carries a baby on her shoulders after refugees arrive at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. Credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi/JRS Europe
As the European Council meets in Brussels this week, the Jesuit Refugee Service – along with more than 30 other refugee organisations – has calls on political leaders to ensure that people arriving in Europe will be treated humanely, responsibly and that their rights will be safeguarded. They say that they are “gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of...
Some of the 35,000 children being educated by JRS in Chad. Credit: Denis Bosnic/JRS
Jesuit Missions has launched its Christmas appeal, focusing on the work that the Jesuits do with some of the most marginalised communities in the world. For more than a decade, an entire generation in West Africa has only had access to education through international humanitarian organisations like Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). And for its appeal for Christmas 2016, Jesuit Missions (JM) shares the story of one individual – 20-year-old Mutara Hara – to explain why their work is so...
Wimbledon College's Advent Calendar
Wimbledon College in south west London has produced an online Advent Calendar with daily reflections for the journey through Advent. The College is celebrating 125 years of Jesuit education and its Advent Fundraising Campaign this year is for the Jesuit Refugee Service, with boys (and staff) taking on sponsored 125 themed challenges to raise money.Wimbledon College started its life in the parlour of the presbytery of the newly established Sacred Heart Church and was based at 3 Cranbrook Road:...
Patrice has worked as a child miner in the DRC since he was eight: Jesuit Missions
The Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuit European Social Centre have welcomed a move announced this week by the European Union (EU) to clean up Europe’s trade in minerals; but they have also criticised negotiations for a new law on so-called 'conflict minerals' as “half-hearted”, with too many concessions and loopholes. The proposed Regulation is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations, requiring certain EU...
A child in a JRS after school programme, northern Ethiopia (Christian Fuchs/JRS USA))
The Jesuit Refugee Service has added its voice to an international call by Catholic agencies to governments to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants, ahead of Universal Children's Day this Sunday (20 November).  The organisations – which include Caritas Internationalis and Pax Christi International – say they stand in solidarity with all children on the move whose rights to live, learn and flourish are compromised.“We are living a critical moment in...
Fr General Sosa presides at the Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome
The business of the 36th General Congregation (known as Ad Negotia) has now resumed, after the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Before the Eucharist began, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus prayed silently upstairs in the chapel of the Rooms of St Ignatius. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, who was elected as the Society’s 31st General last Friday, was then presented with two books: The Formula of the Institute and The Constitutions of the Society...

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